My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I spent the majority of this book on the verge of tears or clutching at my chest as my heart pounded at the adrenaline rush of the plotline.
Healing Aiden is a perfect goodbye to this astonishingly good paranormal romance series from Jocelynn.
It’s a love story forged over a millennia and more.
Starting with a couple of young men, forced to keep their feelings buried under a wealth of privilege and title, the story jumps past a thousand years of separation, each thinking the other was dead, before drawing them together again just as Aiden takes his crown as ruler of the American domain.
I’m so glad Jocelynn gave us Aiden’s story. He’s been the beating heart of the Varik Clan as each of the Lords of Discord have found their true mates.
A somewhat shadowy figure, but vitally important in all things, he has always had an air of sadness because of the fate of his other love, Julianna Varik.
Finding Ronan again felt perfect to me. It was a circle closing, a long and painful wound finally starting to heal.
I adored Ronan. There is a scene at the start of the book which had me almost howling as three of the Varik sons, plus mates, come to have ‘a word’ with him regarding his intentions towards Aiden.
That he kept his sense of humour only endeared him to me even more. I also appreciated that there was no messing about with his feelings or his reason for joining the European Ministry envoy.
I never doubted him once, it was clear just how affected he was to discover Aiden still alive.
The suspense element of the narrative also worked, it felt like an organic outcome from the end of the previous books, although Aiden’s power when he finally chooses to reveal it did make me blink for a moment or two.
But then I figured any vampire still alive after more than 10 centuries would have accumulated such immense control and built up an incredible amount of power, that it made sense he could be that dangerous.
With the Varik boys throwing their oar in without warning, the plot meanders through humour and hijinks into emotional vulnerability and seriously smexy times.
The first time Aiden and Ronan are in bed together is incandescently hot yes, but it’s so much more.
It’s second chances, it’s first times with the love you thought you’d lost, it’s humour and it’s coming home.
This is a beautiful farewell to these vampires and their Clan which will steal your heart.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.